United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO 63141 | 314-469-0700

Chanukah

Chanukah, meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Chanukah centers around the lighting of the Chanukiyah, a special menorah for Chanukah; unique foods, latkes and jelly doughnuts; and special songs and games.

2020 Chanukah Schedule

December Dilemma: Pandemic-Style
Monday, November 30
7:30 pm. on Zoom
Join Rabbi Bellows for a discussion on navigating the December holidays with your children.
Register here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting.

Oily Goodness
Thursday, December 3
7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Join us for an interactive cooking night as we make latkes, sufganiyot, and talk about other fried goodies for Chanukah. Due to the timing of some of the recipes, this evening will be more of a demonstration than our usual “cook together” programs. The recipes can be found here. We will focus on the first five recipes – Senj (a traditional Moroccan Chanukah treat), Sufganiyot, vegetable latkes, cheese latkes, and Dreidel Toasted Ravioli. If you would like to try and cook along with us, please feel free to print the recipes and purchase the ingredients!
Register here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting.

Creating Chanukah at Home
Sunday, December 6
4:00 p.m. on Zoom
Join us for a discussion on how to create a beautiful Chanukah at Home – pandemic-style.
Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting.

Chanukah Challah Bake
Wednesday, December 9
7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Join us for our monthly challah bake as we experiment with fun ways to make a Chanukah challah.
Get the recipe HERE so you can bake along with us.
Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting.

Chanukah Candle Lightings
December 10-17
6:00 p.m. via Livestream and Facebook
Join us each night of Chanukah as we light the candles as a community.
(Except December 11—we will light as part of Chanukah Shabbat at 6:30 p.m.)

On the following dates we will have a longer program with a sing-a-long and storytelling.
Saturday, December 12
Monday, December 14 – Mascots & Menorahs
Thursday, December 17

Chanukah Shabbat
Friday, December 11
6:30 p.m. via Livestream and Facebook
Join us for our annual musical Chanukah Shabbat celebration. We will begin the service with the Chanukah candle lighting.

Log In & Spin: STL Teen Chanukah Celebration
Sunday, December 13
7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Add some light to your Chanukah this year with Jewish teens from all over St. Louis! Celebrate the Festival of Light with community and warmth. FREE and open to all St. Louis Jewish teens. RSVP required at bit.ly/stlspin
Presented by the St. Louis Youth Professionals Council, a group of staff who work with teens across the Jewish community.

 

For more on the history and traditions of Chanukah including blessings, click here.